Best Buy wi-fi routers and extenders
Routers and wi-fi extenders should offer a fast, reliable wi-fi signal that’s powerful enough to give coverage throughout even the largest houses. Scroll down for our exclusive list of Best Buy models.
While many of us receive a free router from our internet service provider (ISP), you'll often get better speeds and improved performance by buying your own router. In our lab tests we directly compare the free models with third-party routers so you'll know whether it's worth shelling out on your own device.
We also compare a range of wi-fi extenders, from brands like Netgear, TP-Link and Linksys, that help to rebroadcast the wireless signal from your router. These devices help ferry the wi-fi signal to all corners of your house, ensuring your connection doesn't drop out when streaming your favourite Netflix show.
The best routers and wi-fi extenders help you get the most out of your internet connection. They're fast enough that you won't experience any slowdown even if your whole family is online at the same time. And they're powerful enough that they can transmit their signal throughout even the biggest houses.
Our tests go further than anyone else's to ensure that the Best Buy routers and wi-fi extenders we recommend are the true cream of the crop. And we don't just reveal the best – if we come across any Don't Buy routers or wi-fi extenders that fail to make the grade, then we tell you about those too so that you don't end up with a dud.
How we uncover the best routers and wi-fi extenders
Every router and extender we review goes through a rigorous assessment. Our experts perform dozens of different checks and measurements. This enables us to directly compare all the latest models and to tell you just what you need to know about your next router or extender.
- Speed and range You shouldn't have to sit next to your router to get online, so we stream on different devices around the home and test data transfer speeds on laptops at different distances from the router. We also test with lots of devices at once, to see how it copes with a busy home.
- Ease of use Routers and wi-fi extenders can sometimes be tricky to set up, so we assess how easy it is to get each device out of the box and up and running. We also make rate how easy it is to use any apps and configuration settings.
- Security We check router and wi-fi extender security, penalising models that don't make your network safe and stop others piggy-backing on your network as part of the default settings.
Router and wi-fi extender reviews you can trust
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